15. Plan 9 from Jesus Mythicism



In Plan 9 from Jesus Mythicism: A Critique of Acharya S’ “The Christ Conspiracy”, Albert McIlhenny examines one of the most popular contemporary sources for Jesus mythicism and also one of the strangest. While The Christ Conspiracy by D M Murdock (then writing under the pseudonym “Acharya S”) has many fans, they obviously possess little in the way of discernment as her odd effort was little more than an anti-Christian screed wrapped in wild conspiracy theorist language. By the time McIlhenny is finished, one will not know whether to laugh at her many bizarre assertions or cry over the fact that so many people think her book reflects actual history.

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The Contents of this book are as follows:

Series Introduction

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Parallels Ex Nihilo
1.1 – Parallelomania
1.2 – Example 1: New York, New York
1.3 – Example 2: Hail the Conquerors
1.4 – Life Imitates Art
1.5 – Conclusion

Chapter 2 – Jesus and Other Saviors
2.1 – Pseudosaviors
2.2 – Looking for Parallels in All the Wrong Places
2.3 – Restricting Our Focus
2.4 – Conclusion

Chapter 3 – Parallels in Zeitgeist
3.1 – Parallel Deities
3.2 – Sources
3.3 – Looking for Parallels in All the Wrong Places
3.4 – Conclusion

Chapter 4 – Tools of the Trade
4.1 – Questionable Secondary Sources
4.2 – Misrepresentation of Primary Sources
4.3 – Reason for Parallels
4.4 – Conclusion

Chapter 5 – Nativity and Childhood
5.1 – The Annunciation
5.2 – Immaculate Conception
5.3 – Virgin Mother
5.4 – December 25
5.5 – “Mary” and Etymologies
5.6 – Maternal Roles
5.7 – Stellar Announcement
5.8 – Angels We Have Heard on High
5.9 – Adoring Visitors
5.10 – Massacre of the Innocents
5.11 – Teaching at the Temple
5.12 – Conclusion

Chapter 6 – Adulthood and Ministry
6.1 – Baptism in the Jordan
6.2 – Temptation
6.3 – Disciples
6.4 – Teachings
6.5 – Miracles
6.6 – Titles
6.7 – Conclusion

Chapter 7 – Passion
7.1 – Last Supper
7.2 – Betrayal
7.3 – Crucifixion
7.4 – Resurrection
7.5 – Final Teachings
7.6 – Ascension
7.5 – Conclusion

Chapter 8 –Eschaton
8.1 – Ascension
8.2 – Second Coming
8.3 – Final Triumph
8.4 – Final Judgment
8.5 – New Heaven and New Earth
8.6 – Final Reward or Punishment
8.7 – Conclusion

Chapter 9 – Horus and Osiris
9.1 – Horus Nativity and Childhood Claims
9.2 – Horus Adulthood and Ministry Claims
9.3 – Horus Passion and Eschatological Claims
9.4 – Osiris Parallel Claims
9.5 – Conclusion

Chapter 10 – Mithra
10.1 – Forms of Mithra
10.2 – Mithraic Parallel Claims
10.3 – Roman Mithraism
10.4 – Persian Mithraism
10.5 – Other Forms of Mithra
10.6 – Conclusion

Chapter 11 – Attis
11.1 – Attis Parallel Claims
11.2 – Strange Sources
11.3 – Details of Parallels
11.4 – Conclusion

Chapter 12 – Krishna
12.1 – Krishna Parallel Claims
12.2 – Sources on Krishna
12.3 – Details on Parallels
12.4 – Conclusion

Chapter 13 – Dionysus
13.1 – Dionysus Parallel Claims
13.2 – Details of Parallels
13.3 – Conclusion

Chapter 14 – Buddha
14.1 – Buddha Parallel Claims
14.2 – Details of Parallels
14.3 – Conclusion

Chapter 15 – Church Fathers and Pagan Parallels
15.1 – Justin Martyr
15.2 – Eusebius
15.3 – Augustine of Hippo
15.4 – Firmicus Maternus
15.5 – Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendix 1 – Mary and the Ark of the Covenant
Appendix 2 – Acharya S and the Crucifixion of Horus
Appendix 3 – Acharya S, Attis, and William Butler Yeats
Appendix 4 – Acharya S on Christmas
Appendix 5 – Zeitgeist, Luxor Temple, and the Nativity of Jesus
Appendix 6 – Gerald Massey, Acharya S, and the Immaculate Conception
Appendix 7 – Acharya S, Cyprian of Carthage, and the Winter Solstice
Appendix 8 – We Three Kings
Appendix 9 – The Twelve Disciples of Mithra and Horus
Appendix 10 – Usil on the Run
Appendix 11 – Horus and the Alexandrian Chronicle
Appendix 12 – The Body and Blood of Mithra
Appendix 13 – A. T. Fear on Jesus-Attis Parallels
Appendix 14 – The Orpheus Amulet
Appendix 15 – Justin Martyr’s First Apology
Appendix 16 – Firmicus Maternus and the Devils’ Christs

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